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How Many Game Animals

Just wondering how many huntable game animals you have in your state.  I know some states have a whole lot more than others.  We are fortunate here in Washington to have a wonderful variety of animals to hunt.... (if you can draw a tag)

We have both Rocky Mt. Elk and Roosevelt Elk, Mule deer, Whitetail deer and Blacktail deer, black bears, Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, Cougar, Moose, Bobcat, three species of Turkey and several game birds and a plethora of water foul.  In addition, we have some grizzly bears and wolves which we are not supposed to shoot.  But I'm guessing it won't be long before ranchers will be shooting the wolves and asking questions later.  It's not easy to draw our goat, sheep and moose tags, but when you do, the odds are great that you'll get one.

OK, what game animals do you have in your state?

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While I always thought we

While I always thought we were loaded up pretty good here in Colorado it seems you have just as much as we do.

Rocky mountain elk, Mule deer, Whitetail deer, Pronghorn, mountain lion, goats, bighorn sheep, desert sheep, moose, black bear and a bunch of smaller stuff to keep us busy.

There are always rumors of wolverines, grizzly bear or wolves but not many yet if there are. We do also have the lynx they started bringing in a few years back also but of course none of the animals in this last list could be hunted.

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I wish

Hunter25, I wish we had antelope but alas, we don't.  I believe we have some great habitat for them but so far, they haven't taken hold.  I believe there is a movement right now to plant a bunch from New Mexico, but even if that's true, it will take several years before we would be able to hunt them. 

It looks like we have two animals that Colorado doesn't, the blacktail deer and Roosevelt Elk, both living on the Western side of the state in the wet.  The Roosevelt elk is a large bodied animal with smaller antlers than his cousin.  What is so interesting about these two species here in Washington is that they are labeled by where you shoot them.  Any mule/blacktail deer taken on the west side of Interstate 5 is considered a blacktail, and the same with elk.  If your elk is on the west side of I-5, he is a Roosevelt.

We've killed both and I can NOT tell the difference.  Now, the blacktail is a different story.  They are a Danny Devito sized mule deer.  I have some pretty nice ones roaming on my front lawn from time to time.

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Here in New Mexico we have

Here in New Mexico we have some great animals starting with Mule Deer, Cous Deer, Whitetail Deer, Rocky Mt Elk, Antelope, Rocky Mt Bighorn Sheep, Derert Big Horn Sheep, Barbary Sheep Black Bare, Cougar, Turkey, Lynx are protected, Bobcat,Oryx, Ibex, Javelina, Feral Pigs, Coyote, Mexican Gray Wolf protected by tripple s, small game, and waterfowl. There is said to be a herd of 30-50 Tar west of Albuquerque and one year we had Buffalo in the draw but the animal rights freeks made so much noise that the hunt was droped.

Arrowflipper look at Wyomings antelope, they all came from NM and now they have more than we do, so the transplant will work if they get after it.

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Wow

Wow James, you got my attention.  I didn't know New Mexico had so many animals.  And some really big ones I understand.  We also have lynx but they can not be hunted.  I actually saw one for a while one day.  It was standing on a small road and we watched him for about 5 minutes before he decided to leave.  That's a very long time for a cat like that.

I am excited about the antelope.  In fact, if I remember correctly, the ones we are getting are from New Mexico. 

We also have a bunch of feral hogs but there isn't a season on them.  If you see one, drop it.  When they multiply, they can do some serious damage to an area.  We don't have anywhere near what some of the other states have, but they are on the rise.  And they are on our wet side of the state.

Are your Oryx running free or are they on game ranches?  We don't have big game ranches to my knowledge.  The only hunting we have is fair chase, except for maybe a small ranch here and there where you can see most of the animals behind the fence.

We also have some buffalo but they are not free roaming.  I'm sure you could go shoot one but you'd sure have to pay for it.  The only free roaming herd in the lower 48 that I know of is Utah in the Henry Mts.  I had a buddy draw there and I went on the hunt, carrying a camcorder.  When I hunted my buffalo, I did it in Montana on the Belknap Indian Reservation and it was close to a fair chase hunt as they were on over 11,000 acres.

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All of NM is free range, the

All of NM is free range, the game is owned by the state so no high fiences. There is privet land and you will pay a price to hunt there but there is still no garantee of a kill.

Feral hogs are shoot on sight as it should be everywhere, we dont need them in the lower 48 roaming free.

 The Oryx were released on the White Sands Missel Range back in the early 70s, and they try to keep them on range but have no high fiences, so you can hunt them off range with a tag. 

The buffalo are on Ft Wingate and are getting over populated so they tried to have a hunt for I think 5 bulls. I think it was $300 resident $3000 nonres but it didnt happen so there are 6 or 8 that get hit on the road each year anyway. There is a herd on the Ladder Ranch that has been there sience the 30s it is located on the east side of the black range and is 154,000 acres but in the 90s Ted Turner bought it and imported more buffalo so the wild ones have now been domesticated. The sad thing is buffalo are considered livestock not game.

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Michigan

Michigan has: whitetail deer, Black Bear, Elk (if you can draw a permit) may have Moose by permit in the near future. Feral pigs (shoot on sight please), Ducks, geese, woodcock, ruffed grouse, Ringneck Pheasant, quail, turkey, rabbits (two species), squirrels, fox, coyote and bobcat.  We have wolves but at present can not hunt them. Also have cougar but they are protected as well and the DNR denies that we have a breeding population. (Yeah---Right!!!)

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In Oregon we have Rockt Mt

In Oregon we have Rockt Mt elk, Roosevelt elk, Mule deer, Whitetail, Blacktail Deer, Antelope, Big Horn Sheep,Rocky mt goats, Bear, Cougar, yotes, small population of pigs, Bobcats, Wolves, A huge spread of game birds, turkey, rabbits. badgers. I'm sure I'm missing some of the smaller animals but we have a nice verity to hunt out here. oh yea we have a population of 40-60 moose but cant hunt them.

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For big game New York only has white tail and black bear.

Next in size are coyote and bob cat

then down to the big birds - geese and turkey

after that its ducks, partridge, the occassional released pheasant, rabbit and assorted small game critters.

 

We have a few moose but no hunting for them yet - maybe in a decade or two....I hope!

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Let's see Black bear. Brown

Let's see Black bear. Brown bear/ Grizzly,Bison, Caribou, Deer[sitka black tail] Elk, Goat,Moose, Muskox,Sheep [dalls], Wolf, Wolverine,,Beaver,Coyote, Artic Fox, Red Fox, Lynx , Grouse[Blue,Spruce,Sharp tail, Ruffed],Hare[Snowshoe,Arctic],Ptarmigan[Rock, white-tail, willow],Guess thats the best I can do, all legal game in Alaska,some require draw permits, all require work.

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Arrow, James, AAA; I wish we

Arrow, James, AAA; I wish we had half of the big game animals you folks describe. Man I'd consider myself in heavon. You folks as hunters are so lucky to live in a place where you can go for big game just about any time of year. It's a long time between our lonely little seasons like Vermont. We have whitetail 16 day season for rifle which encludes Thanksgiving. We have bow and black powder with the latter being only a week. Moose is 5 days if you're lucky enough to draw a tag. Bear starts Sept 1st until the middle of deer season. It's great for the weekend warrier unless you have vacation time built up thats why I hunt other states as well as NY and sometimes Maine or Mass just to et more hunting time in. COMMON Turkey season Dancing

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